Should you use a lawyer for your spinal cord injury?

Spine injuries can make life challenging, affecting your mobility, your work, your quality of life and basic activities involved with daily living. If someone else was responsible for causing your injury, getting legal help is vital to receive adequate compensation. You will need help paying for treatment and other injury related expenses. In addition, the need for medical and assistive care might be life-long.

What are the main causes of spine injury?

According to the Mayo Clinic’s overview on spinal cord injuries, the most common causes of spinal injuries in the U.S. are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. Automobile and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause and account for close to half of all spinal injuries every year.
  • The second most prevalent cause, most often experienced by those older than 65.
  • Violent acts. Violence accounts for 12% of all spinal injuries.
  • Sports and recreational activities. Athletic activities such as impact sports and diving in shallow water result in 10% of spinal injuries.
  • Inflammation of the spinal cord, arthritis, cancer and osteoporosis are other underlying causes.

If another person caused the vehicle accident, their negligence provides grounds for a personal injury case. In addition, if a fall resulted from unsafe buildings or grounds conditions, there might be a legal basis to recover compensation for damages.

What expenses do spine injuries often involve?

Depending on the extent of your injury, you may need hospitalization, rehabilitation, home modifications, and devices to assist with mobility. If you are disabled due to the injury, there are care givers that can provide in-home help. Permanent disability such as paralysis, might require 24-hour care. In addition, there are other medical challenges that people with spine injuries might face, such as fractures, infections and diabetes.

Consult with a personal injury lawyer to find out if you have a case

To arrange a free consultation, contact the Law Office of John Fazzini. We will evaluate the factors involved with your spinal cord injury to find out if you have a viable case. Call us at (631) 547-8989 or reach out to us through our contact form.